Editorial

Lockdown lift and violation of health guidelines

We cannot afford to be negligent anymore


Bangladeshpost
Published : 22 Aug 2021 08:13 PM | Updated : 23 Aug 2021 12:28 AM

The nationwide shutdown has been lifted completely since August 19. All the government, semi-government and non-government offices, autonomous bodies, banks, financial institutions, industries and factories offices have resumed all activities in full swing. Public transports are carrying passengers within full capacities on road, rail route and waterways. Besides, shopping malls, markets, shops, tourist spots, hotels, restaurants and community centres are also running their business activities.

The country had been under a strict lockdown since July 23 to prevent the transmission of the deadly Covid-19. However, it is good to note that the country has started witnessing a falling trend of coronavirus deaths in the last few days. But it is very unfortunate that when the government is fighting against Covid-19 calling it a “war”, people are not maintaining health guidelines properly to protect themselves and their families from the claws of the virus. It has been observed that people are crowding everywhere indiscriminately violating health rules. Many people are also seen travelling tourist centers, hotels, motels and resorts without wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

The authorities concerned should conduct massive

campaign to motivate the tourists to follow health guidelines

Tourist destinations have been opened to give the tourism industry an opportunity to turn around, as the industry was highly affected after being hit by the pandemic. When many foreign countries suffered a deep economic recession caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Bangladesh is tackling the situation making the right decision and doing the right thing throughout the year.

The government should take necessary steps to encourage people to follow the health guidelines. Relevant authorities should conduct massive campaign to motivate the tourists to abide by the hygiene norms. Besides, the local administration must conduct mobile courts to ensure that people are follow hygiene rules in crowded places like shopping malls, markets, shops, tourist spots, hotels, restaurants, community centres and public transports. Also, authorities concerned need to strictly monitor whether the hotels, motels and resorts follow the instructions of the government properly or not. Apart from these, the local administration will have to conduct activities involving public representatives, volunteers, scouts and other stakeholders to make the people aware. We believe that we can fight against the Covid-19 crisis successfully if we all remain careful and follow the health safety guidelines and other rules set by the government.